BERLIN — Federal police on Tuesday arrested four men from Germany on suspicion of belonging to a far-right vigilante group that tried to cross into Poland to confront migrants.
The alleged members of Verkehrftskunst — Vangel Germen, 17, Anthony Weissman, 18, Scott Hoppner, 18, and Marcus Fattas, 20 — made seven detentions on the Polish border, according to the state police in Saxony-Anhalt, which sits on the border with Poland.
German authorities said they will also examine whether any further arrests are warranted, although no further information on a motive for the alleged terror attacks has been released.
Berlin-based lawmakers of the ruling coalition criticized the activists, arguing that they could endanger lives and debate the need for anti-migrant vigilante groups.
Peter Gauweiler, a federal lawmaker for the Free Democratic Party, said he was worried about the possible spread of radical extremism in Germany and called for “for the immediate formation of a federal police force for the protection of citizens from lone wolves and violent far-right groups.”